About Our Program

A Window Into the Future

At Spark, we believe that every student deserves to be engaged in their educational journey and inspired to succeed. For many students in the middle grades, the connection between school and the future is unclear - causing a decline in engagement and lack of interest in what they are learning.

Spark recognizes the importance of creating opportunities during this critical time of development for exploration, inspiration, and learning outside of the classroom to help students stay connected to and fuel their dreams.

Uniquely designed to meet the needs of middle schoolers, The Possibility Movement is at the forefront of equipping students with the social-emotional skills and social capital tools to begin their secondary school career and beyond on the strongest footing.

Our Program Components

Understand What’s Possible

Exploration

Seventh graders participate in Spark Labs, or on-site workshops, hosted by local companies and organizations. Employee volunteers guide students through structured, group activities that build skills and expand career options.

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Experience What’s Possible

Immersion

Spark connects 7th grade students with employee volunteers based on common interests and skills for Workplace-Based Mentorships. Spark Students receive direct guidance from a Spark Mentor and work together on a project related to their career interests.

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Make Possibility Real

Transition

Spark offers High School Pathways and Ninth Grade Support to 8th and 9th grade students so they can take action and feel equipped with the knowledge and resources to make the possibilities they’ve experienced real.

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Spark works collaboratively with the following partners, experts and organizations to support students in the middle grades.